Cycling in Sydney Australia
I am looking for a nice cycling backpack, in which I have to sometime carry a heavy laptop from work.(Dell Latitude E5410 precisely). the route I am doing current is about 30KM single way, and usually takes about 1.5 hr or so.
your suggestion is highly appreciated.
I have a Large Commuter Backpack from Banjo Brothers. It has served me well lugging a heavy laptop as well as clothes and shoes around commuting. I was doing a 18km each way commute on the fixie and was really happy with this bag.
It keeps the weight centred lower on the back than most backpacks which you'll appreciate with the laptop in there. It also makes it easy to look over your shoulder.
Also, it's totally waterproof.
do you mind to share of what sort of the carrying system of the Banjo Brothers' Large Coomuter Backpack is? there is not much pix and introduction of it. And how does it work for you? whether you got very sweaty back after 18KM fixed gear riding.
another thing, did you buy the bag in Sydney? if so, in which bike store.
btw, I myself do ride fixie as well, but not all the way of that daily 60KM riding. you must got LEGS. thanks again!
What do you mean be the carrying system ? Inside ?
It doesn't have lots of compartments, the inner is a waterproof lining that rolls up the way you'd roll up a brown paper bag full of burgers (can you tell I'm hungry...)
As for outside, it has the standard two padded straps and a chest strap.
Here some pics in this review.
As for sweaty, my testing ground was Brisbane in the summer, so... yes.. but not outrageous, it does have air channels on the back.
I bought it direct from Banjo Brothers a bit over 2 years ago, not sure if anyone is stocking them in Aus now, they'd be worth emailing and asking.
Max you can check out brisbane outdoor gear online:
They do some courier specific stuff but i have used one of their sling bags for ages, hardwearing gear with bike specific features. They probably have something to suit what you’re after.
I cycle 30k+ each way with a laptop. My backpack is Kathmandu, I find them comfortable and long lasting
thanks Mike, do you mind to share me of the model of your Kathmandu backupack? cheers.
Hi Max, I've stopped using a backpack for my commute and I am a fan of carradice SQR slim , which is essentially a Quick Release saddle bag. According to that link the bag is 29cm wide x 36cm high x 15cm deep
Starting weight: 5.21 lbs/2.36 kg (with 6-cell battery)
Width: 13.3"/338mm / Height: (front/back) 1.31"/33.2mm / Depth: 9.6"/244mm
Which means it should fit, you will need to pad the laptop a bit, like stuff a cloth in to avoid the screws in the bag.
Is that something you will consider over a backpack? If you are interested, when I get back home I'll stuff one of the laptops closer in dimensions to the Dell to see how it fits.
for my own interests.
A brand new Dell Latitude E6420 still wrapped up , with a loosely rolled up Gore Windstopper and EXELITE LumiStrip on top.
It was not maxed out, I can add in another rolled up towel and other bits and pieces.
It fits but it's not perfect, I would make sure I have something rolled up and stuffed into the bag to make sure the bolt ends doesn't scratch the edge of the laptop.
At least know I know if I absolutely needed to take the laptops around I can. However I normally leave the laptop in office and if need to, VPN + RDP to work off it instead.
Impressive. I do so like largish seatbags but don’t need to lug a laptop.
Is VPN + RDP something about remote? If so I do that as well.
Yup. remote in to the laptop.
I actually got the Carradice because it can fit in A4 documents unfolded and flat and in a folder (ie not crumpled up).
Not that I ever actually needed to transport uncrumpled A4 sheets of paper ( or used it for carrying a laptop )
There are still days when I'm half way up Gladeville Bridge to work and feel so free and unencumbered without a backpack and have to do a double check that the Carradice is attached.
Edit: ( it's not perfect - they really should cover up the exposed bolts on the inside, and maybe add a netting on the side so that I dont have to carry my bidon in the other hand between the sink and the bike)
Yes, I also like the way they travel.I know about the exposed bolts.
I have one of these...
same thing but it does come with a tough waterproof liner but I would think that pot rivets could have been better than nuts and bolts
thanks for the suggestion. I do have VPN+RDP, sometime with "teamviewer" I access from home PC to the work PC left in the office. but there is othertime I did have to carry the heavy PC on the back. that is why need suggestion of the backpack.
maybe another solution is buying a new power PC at home.:)